Re: Sources: Bill Simmons is the reason Magic Johnson left ESPN
People underestimate how powerful Bill Simmons is.
He is far and away the most valuable sports writing asset in North America, and he might even be the most powerful sports media person as well. Look what SI just did for Peter King, Bill would command more from ESPN (Grantland is just the start) if he left so would a ton of $$$, are people gonna start reading Jemele Hill all of a sudden?
I don't think there was a fued, but I do think the show is going to be more stylized to fit BS report and Grantland sensibilities, and Magic doesn't jive with intellectual sports fans.
Personally I think the people in charge did this, not Bill, but they did it with Bill in mind.